|Kepler Prepared for Launch - NASA|
On Launch pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers moved NASA's Kepler spacecraft toward the opening above the Delta II rocket. The spacecraft was lowered into the opening and mated with the Delta II for launch. Liftoff is currently set for 10:49 p.m. EST March 6. Kepler is designed to survey more than 100,000 stars in our galaxy to determine the number of sun-like stars that have Earth-size and larger planets, including those that lie in a star's "habitable zone," a regi...
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